Jelly Roll Morton

As Jazz Appreciation Month continues I am going to look at a figure in Jazz who some called the first important composer in jazz; Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton. Morton was gift pianist and was one of the first names in Jazz history and his life at best could be described as colourful, and at worst chequered. He was a teller of tall tales … Continue reading Jelly Roll Morton


NDRW: The Legend of Buddy Bolden Buddy Bolden (1877-1931) is something of a mythical legend in Jazz history. It is generally considered that he was the first Jazz musician and he was immortalised by Jelly Roll Morton in the song above. The thing is only one photograph of the man exists and there are no known records of his playing, … Continue reading NDRW: The Legend of Buddy Bolden